Over 39,000 students in the state on Tuesday woke up to the fact that their colleges will be de-recognised.
As the news spread, the three Maharashtra campuses affected — Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (TMV) in Pune, DY Patil Medical University in Kolhapur and Krishna Institute of Medical Science University (KIMSU) in Karad — had several students queuing up to find out their future as classes continued on campuses.
“We have no official communication from the Centre still. We have spoken to parents and students and assured them that nothing will happen to students. Even (former Union minister Kapil) Sibal has assured students,” said Col Ajit Polekar, registrar of KIMSU.
The 25-year-old institute with 500 students attained deemed status in 2005 and is expecting NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) accreditation soon. Late Congress leader and cooperative baron Yashwantrao Mohite’s nephew Suresh Bhosale is the vice-chancellor of KIMSU.
The state is prepared for any eventuality. “If the Supreme Court decision comes through, then we will take in the medical universities as private colleges,” said Milind Mhaiskar, secretary medical education. “We will conduct their entrance exams and review the administration as per process.”
“The University Grant Commissioner committee submitted favorable report after visiting TMV just three months ago,” said TMV vice-chancellor Deepak Tilak. The great-grandson of Lokmanya Tilak said they, individually, as well as with other deemed universities, would file a writ petition challenging the HRD ministry’s decision.
“Though our affiliation will be transferred, it will be harmful for us as TMV’s syllabus is completely different from Pune University,” said Eknath Gaikwad, a commerce student.
TMV is one of the oldest universities set up in 1921 has around 38,000 students studying in more than 120 courses. Congress leader and Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is chancellor of TMV.
“The government grants autonomy to reduce their burden and the colleges get a free rein to function as they please. This has been going on for long,” said Rajesh Jain, president,
parents association of medical students. Sajet Patil, trustee of DY Patil University, refused comment.